Quest:A Cold Trail

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A Cold Trail
Level 85
Type Solo
Starts with Bingo Boffin
Starts at Cliving
Start Region Wold
Map Ref [43.0S, 55.6W]
Ends with Bingo Boffin
Ends at Forlaw
End Region Wildermore
Map Ref [39.3S, 60.9W]
Quest Chain The Ballad of Bingo Boffin
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

'I am ready to help Egwylf find the other member of the Cult of the Blood Eye, if you are ready as well! She said the trail has gone cold, but perhaps she has found some clue that will steer us in the right direction!'

Background

Egwylf has asked you and Bingo to help her find one of the missing agents of the Cult of the Blood Eye.

Objective 1

Egwylf is outside the Mead Hall of Cliving, in the Norcrofts.

Bingo Boffin: 'I am ready to search for another of these villain! Does Egwylf know where the other one has gone?'
Egwylf: 'I am pleased the two of you will help me find this missing agent of the Blood eye. He would sell the kingdom to its enemies, given the chance, and he must pay for this treason!
'I scouted ahead and found the trail of the Blood Eye cultist heads west. I believe that he is making for the heights of Wildermore. You would do well to begin your search at the sloping path that leads from the Norcrofts into Wildermore.
'One more thing, <name>. The air is heavy with some sorcery; I felt the chill in my bones as I approached. There is something unusual afoot in Wildermore.'

Objective 2

  • Search Wildermore for the missing agent of the Blood Eye

The missing agent of the Cult of the Blood Eye is somewhere within Wildermore.

Egwylf: 'I scouted ahead and found the trail of the Blood Eye cultist heads west. I believe that he is making for the heights of Wildermore. You would do well to begin your search at the sloping path that leads from the Norcrofts into Wildermore.
'One more thing, <name>. The air is heavy with some sorcery; I felt the chill in my bones as I approached. There is something unusual afoot in Wildermore.'
Bingo Boffin: 'The Blood Eye cultist will not be able to evade us for long! Let us hurry to Wildermore, and put an end to his villainy!'
Bingo Boffin: 'I think the missing cultist came this way, <name>! I heard some of those Orcs talking, and they were talking about a man with a red gem. They said they let him climb the road up into Wildermore.
'They did not sound that happy about it, and one of the Orcs said that they should have taken him prisoner instead and made a meal out of him! What a terrible thought! I suppose they must be allies, if they let him pass, but I do not think I would work with anyone I needed to worry about around dinnertime!'
Wounded Farmer: 'You are looking for a man with a red brooch? I saw him, indeed I did! He jumped out from behind this rock and knocked me down! Before I knew what was happening, he stole my axe and ran off to the north-east!
'I will be fine in a moment. I twisted my ankle when I fell; otherwise I would never have let him steal my weapon from me! Go catch him, and quickly!'
Wounded Orc: 'You are lucky you see me in this state, <race>! If I wasn't already breathing my last dozen breaths, I'd make sure to take you with me into the darkness at the end!
'This cursed man attacked me with an axe. He was one of ours, he was! What a laugh that is! He had a strange look in his eye. Desperation, I think it was. He stole my plunder, all I had: a bag of dirty coins. He will find no joy of them, if he wants to spend them. No one in this thrice-cursed land will take them from him.
'He'll be dead before the sun comes up again. I will take that knowledge with me into the blackness, and it will send me off with a smile! Now leave me to it, <race>, and be glad you did not see mit in my prime!'
Bingo Boffin: 'I have been speaking with the people of Forlaw, as a true solver of mysteries would do, and it seems that some people saw a man with a red gem visit the barber in town. Did he try to change his appearance? We have to know for sure!'
Forlaw Barber: 'Yes, I saw this man you seek. He was just here, and very ill of temper! I did not like the look of him, and I liked his coins even less; they seemed to me to be of a sort used by Orcs and evil men, and I wanted nothing to do with them.
'I thought he would strike me when I refused to modify his appearance, but instead he snarled curses at me and stormed out. I would not repeat these foul words, but one sounded more like a place than an insult: "Kadar-golnauk" he said. Take this name with you if you find it useful, and beware of this man you seek! I feel certain he could be very dangerous if pressed into a corner.'
Bingo Boffin: 'I have been speaking to some of the townspeople, and it turns out that someone may have seen the man with the red gem arguing with a group of Orcs at the camp called Kadar-golnauk to the north-west.
'Shouldn't Orcs be his allies? I wonder what the subject of their argument might have been?'
Sneering Uruk: 'I saw this man. He tried to buy the loyalty of my boys with a sack of dirty coins, but we refused. We might both serve the Blood Eye, but I know if our spots were reversed, that maggot would not give us a second look. Let him die on his own in the High Knolls! He will have none of our protection.
'It may be that I will find his sack of coins and take it from his corpse, with no effort on my part! That would be a lark!'
Sneering Uruk says, "Enough questions! Now you pay for them!"
Bingo Boffin: 'I see no sign of him here. I do not think he came to this place.'
Egwylf: 'These tracks are clear, and they do not go into Byre Tor. No, I believe the man we are tracking through Wildermore would give that city a wide berth. For whatever reason, he is not eager to cross paths with Orcs or Uruks, if he can avoid it.
'The tracks continue to the west, and do not go into the city.'
Disturbed Snowpile: The snow has been moved about by someone attempting to walk through it, but judging from the prints his progress was slow.
This snow was disturbed by someone moving forcefully and carelessly
You found the missing cultist. Wildermore proved his undoing

Objective 3

  • Examine the corpse of the desperate man, near the Lonely Height

The Blood Eye cultist finally succumbed to his wounds and the elements near the Lonely Height, in Wildermore.

Corpse of Desperate Man: This member of the Cult of the Blood Eye saw his fortunes turn sour in the snowy heights of Wildermore, and the cruel sorceries at play in that region proved his undoing. This man will work no more evils, but the Blood Eye has others to work its will.
'Even in death, the cultist reaches for the brooch of the Blood Eye lying next to him in the snow. You wonder if the man believed his action had been worthwhile in the end, but the only certainty is that he will not be able to tell you the answer.
You pick up the brooch and marvel at its similarity to the Rothstone

Objective 4

  • Bring the Blood Eye brooch to Egwylf in the town of Forlaw

Egwylf is in the town of Forlaw, in Wildermore, north of the Stable-master.

You found the missing cultist of the Blood Eye and should bring his brooch to Egwylf with the news that he will no longer trouble Rohan.

Bingo Boffin: 'You found him! Splendid work, <name>!'
Egwylf: 'Did you find him? Your expression seems both satisfied and a little unhappy, and I cannot puzzle out its meaning.'
You recount what you were able to discern concerning the cultist's final moments, and hand Egwylf the Blood Eye brooch. She nods grimly.
'You and Bingo did very well to track this man, <name>. He came to a sad end: seemingly disavowed by his allies, his supplies gone, alone in the snow, there to die, but there is no sympathy in my heart for him. He chose his path, as must we all; his was with Mordor, and he was paid in full for that choice.
'I believe this brings the count of the Blood Eye agents at work in Rohan to two, and I ask you and Bingo to keep your eyes open for them. One of them is without his brooch, so keep your wits about you! Farewell for now! If I see you again, may it be in time of peace for Rohan!'

Objective 5

  • Talk to Bingo in the town of Forlaw

Bingo is in the town of Forlaw, in Wildermore, north of the Stable-master.

Egwylf: 'This brings the count of the Blood Eye agents at work in Rohan to two, and I ask you and Bingo to keep your eyes open for them. One of them is without his brooch, so keep your wits about you! Farewell for now! If I see you again, may it be in time of peace for Rohan!'
'Bingo Boffin: Bingo wears a philosophic expression.
'That Blood Eye cultist should not have gone off by himself. I think if he had friends with him things might not have gone that way for him. The Orcs were never his friends. They might be working for the same dark purpose, but they were not friends. It wasn't the cold of Wildermore that got to him. It was the cold in his heart!'
Bingo is silent for a moment, and then shakes his head.
'Or maybe it was just the cold after all. It is so cold here, and I am exhausted! He took us on quite a journey through Wildermore, and my feet hurt. I am glad we solved the mystery, but I will be gladder still when our adventure takes us back to warmer climes!'
Bert Bartleby has arrived at the stable-master at Forlaw.
Next week: 'Bert Has a Word' (Recommended Level: 88)